'''James Patrick Kelly''' (born April 11, 1951 in Mineola, New York
) is an American science fiction author
who began publishing in the 1970s and remains to this day an important figure in the science fiction field.
Kelly made his first fiction sale in 1975, and has since been a major force in the science fiction field. He graduated ''magna cum laude'' from the University of Notre Dame
in 1972, with a B.A. in English Literature. After graduating from college, he worked as a full-time proposal writer
until 1977. He attended the Clarion Workshop
twice - once in 1974 and again in 1976.
Throughout the 1980s, he and friend John Kessel
became involved in the Humanist (science fiction)|humanist
debate. While Kessel and Kelly were both humanists, Kelly also wrote several cyberpunk
-like stories, such as "The Prisoner of Chillon" (1985) and "Rat" (1986). His story "Solstice" (1985) was published in Bruce...